Celebrating a banner year of Spacebomb
In its nearly six years, Spacebomb has asserted itself as having a signature sound. “We are a house band,” we declared in 2010, “a unified crew of arrangers and musicians, artists, scribes, vibe-gardeners and business men who feel it takes a village to produce a record.” That has never been truer than today.
Spacebomb began as a record label assembled under a house band model that would go on to produce and release breakthrough debut albums by founder Matthew E. White and Natalie Prass. The music we made captured the attention of publications like The New Yorker, TIME, Sound On Sound, and The Guardian, which declared, “Spacebomb make albums that sound like a million dollars.”
As the company’s profile grew internationally, so to did the outside demand to work with our talented cast of musicians, arrangers, and producers. People wanted the million-dollar sound.
Spacebomb’s creative output has exploded and in response we launched the Spacebomb Group to oversee the Production work, Record Label activity, Publishing signings and Studio operation. Spacebomb Productions was particularly busy in 2016, lending our production team and house band model to artists and bands from all around the world. A few of those projects can be found below, with even more to be announced in the coming months including Spacebomb Records artist signings. We are immensely proud to have worked on and left our mark on this music.
(photos by Lauren Serpa)
Horns and strings for the album ‘Hang’ (Jagjaguwar) arranged, orchestrated, and conducted by Trey Pollard, with additional arranging by Matthew E. White.
Duets record ‘Gentlewoman, Ruby Man’ (Glassnote Records) featuring all cover songs sung by Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White, a Spacebomb Production, produced by Matthew E. White.
New single “Company of Thieves” for the UK-based artist on Columbia is A Spacebomb Production and released in the U.S. by Spacebomb.
Album ‘One Day All of This Won’t Matter Any More’ (Moshi Moshi Records) for the UK-based duo is a Spacebomb Production, produced by Matthew E. White.
Album production on Welcome Home (Barclay/Universal France) featuring the house band, string and horn arrangements, and cameos from Matthew E. White and Natalie Prass.
Monthly online radio show for Red Bull Music Academy featuring music and interviews. Hosted by Matthew E. White and produced by Pinson Chanselle.
String and horn arrangements for the legendary band’s new album, out soon, by Trey Pollard. Coming soon.
Swear & Shake
The new album from Nashville-based new Americana charmers, produced by Trey Pollard. Coming soon.
Georgie – “Company of Thieves”
From the East Midlands of England, to mideast America, Spacebomb is excited to welcome Georgie to the family with her debut single “Company of Thieves,” produced by Matthew E. White and mixed by Dan Carey (Sia, Bats For Lashes). Georgie is a fresh singer with plenty of business to take care of and a classic sensibility that belies her 21 years. This new track rides along a fuzzed out ‘60s guitar motif, a few Sly Stone “There’s A Riot”-era production touches create a moody atmosphere for perfectly poised lyrics. Georgie’s voice is an instant pleasure, cutting and sweet, searching and powerful. And all the hallmarks of the Spacebomb sound are here: warm, sinuous bass lines and rhythms, the right pacing and Trey Pollard’s skillful arrangements in all the right places. The result is a well-built, living song, suitable for modern times.
Each interaction between Spacebomb’s house band and an artist is a kind of poetic exploration, a relationship and dialogue steered by White’s knack for production and respect for the recording process. “Company of Thieves” is a hungry rock and roll beast of a track that shakes Spacebomb right down to its foundations, vibrating its organs and trembling its timpani. The old interplay between American and UK music traditions provides context for Georgie’s easy and heartfelt connection to the Spacebomb ethos: “It was a special moment that made me fall in love with making music even more, which I thought was impossible.” Next year she will return to Richmond to finish her debut album.
See Georgie on tour this autumn in the UK with Jake Bugg and Blossoms.
The Spacebomb Sound with Matthew E. White on Red Bull Music Academy Radio
Welcome to Richmond, Virginia: Every second Tuesday, 7-9 PM EDT, Matthew E. White and Spacebomb open up our famed studio space and broadcast our favorite sounds on RBMA Radio. With co-founder and Domino recording artist Matthew E. White, Spacebomb have created a mythical hub where Southern Rock and the Great American Songbook gently collide with sticky soul, cosmic jazz, and tropicalia vibes.
Since April, Spacebomb and Matthew E. White have been proud to welcome guests like trumpeter and bandleader Steven Bernstein, King Tubby protégé Scientist, jazz bass icon Mark Dresser, CCR drummer Doug Clifford, and producer and Foxygen co-creator Jonathan Rado.
Listen to The Spacebomb Sound with Matthew E. White on RBMA Radio, every second Tuesday from 7-9pm EDT. Episode 5 with Doug Clifford airs Tuesday, August 9th.
Announcing Natalie Prass “Side by Side” EP
On November 20, Natalie Prass will release her “Side by Side” EP recorded live at Spacebomb Studios, marking the first time back since recording her debut album Natalie Prass there. The five tracks are comprised of two originals, “My Baby Don’t Understand Me” and “Christy,” plus three handpicked cover songs. Pitchfork premiered the two originals today. Listen below, pre-order on iTunes, and read about Natalie’s choice of covers over at Pitchfork.
Watch Natalie Prass cover Slayer and see her on tour now
Natalie Prass and her band recently stopped by The A.V. Club’s office in Chicago to record a special cover of Slayer’s “Raining Blood.” It’s gotten people talking, including Loudwire, who says Natalie “did a surprisingly metal job when taking a stab at this.” They go on:
“Prass and her backing band do a wonderful job of building tension and becoming powerful when they need to in order to keep emphasis on the fact that this is a metal song… Open-minded metal fans should find this cover entertaining…”
Whether you’re a metal fan or not, watch the video above and find Natalie on tour now in a town near you:
Oct 16 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – PopLoad Festival – TICKETS
Oct 18 – Atlanta, GA – PARKLIFE Festival – TICKETS
Oct 20 – Austin, TX – Stubbs Jr. – TICKETS
Oct 22 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress – TICKETS
Oct 23 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex – TICKETS
Oct 24 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar – TICKETS
Oct 27 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent – TICKETS
Oct 29 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge – TICKETS
Oct 30 – Seattle, WA – Neumos – TICKETS
Oct 31 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret – TICKETS
Nov 5 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Cafe Detroit – TICKETS
Nov 6 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern – TICKETS
Nov 8 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair – TICKETS
Nov 10 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg – TICKETS
Nov 11 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live Downstairs – TICKETS
Nov 12 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel – TICKETS